Mini-me is ephemeral street art seen in city and country landscapes. Tiny figures are placed temporarily in settings of street art, nature or infrastructure creating stories about architecture, justice, sustainability and heritage. The setting is photographed for Instagram or other media.
Mini-me or Minime is a miniature street artist from Melbourne whose work can be viewed on instagram – findminime – or experienced on Melbournewalks.com street art tours.
One inspiration for Minime is the famed British artist Slinkachu. Minime however is unique in that the viewer becomes the artist and other artists are often the background for Minime’s adventures. This reverses the normal street art paradigm.
Mini-me are distributed free to human ‘Big-me’s,’ often young students. Mini-me is their travel companion for a life journey of artistic self-expression. Up to 2000 Mini-me are travelling our planet today with their Big-me partners, telling stories about worlds they visit.
Minime are tiny survivors in a big scary world. Sound familiar? Our art reduces their world to a manageable size just like we all do in real life.
Refuge: Mini-me symbolise the lost and vulnerable people of our world, luckily rescued into a safe and exciting life with their big protectors.
Respect: Respect for the humanity and dignity of every individual no matter how small in social status is the foundation of a free and fair society.
Sustainability: Mini-me can be re-used hundreds of times without ever damaging the heritage architecture of our lanes and buildings.
Minime’s have fascinating origins, first made in Asia half a century ago for miniature railways ie the tiny public on little trains, buildings and streets. They are a stereotype perception of what westerners looked like in the 1940s and 50s, a cultural view of a world long lost to time.
These tiny time-travelers from Asia are bewildered by the new world that they encounter. Fortunately, big kindly protectors are here to help. In our new millennium with so many anxieties and challenges, couldn’t we all use a little help from a BFG now and then?
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